Yes I know, not liking one of the largest and latest crazes is not great for a writer’s popularity, but then they call them crazes for a reason, don’t they?
Because they are followed by people who are crazy.
And this is not just a recent ‘thing’, or an attempt to be different or to create a headline. I genuinely hate GIFs!
They distract me from what I am reading. They seem to have no point other than attempt to assist the writer to make a point – which if they need help doing then they are not a good writer to begin with.
What purpose do they serve? To show how clever someone is for remembering every second of every Seinfeld episode? Or that you can take any video footage and ruin it by shortening it to a few seconds of ever repeating, distracting, meaningless rubbish?
To me, and I realise I could be in the minority here, it shows nothing but someone with time to waste who wants to spend it by wasting my time.
And I can’t switch them off!! I can stop videos playing as I scroll through the leftovers of humanity but when I get to a GIF….bang! No escape!
Call me old fashioned by how can you possibly say something meaningful in several seconds of repeated video of people making funny faces?
That old maxim comes to mind – Get a life!
And yes, for writing this you can say exactly the same about me.